How to Insulate Exposed Water Pipes

How to Insulate Exposed Water Pipes

Each winter, we see the incredible damage burst water pipes can do inside of a home.

So today, I’m taking a trip down into the crawl space to show you a simple way to protect your pipes so you can avoid a cold, wet, expensive cleanup.

The whole process is pretty straightforward.

The first step is to identify the water pipes you want to insulate. The pipes most susceptible to freezing are usually located in the basement or crawl space, attached to the underside of the floor joists.

After you locate them, you’ll need to measure the total length of pipe to determine how much insulating material you need to buy. Since the material comes in different sizes, you’ll also need to determine the pipe diameter. These pipes are ½” in diameter, but we also have ¾” pipes in this space, so we want to get both sizes.

There are many different ways to insulate pipes, one of the easiest ways is to use tubular foam or rubber with adhesive because it’s dependable and easy to apply. These can be purchased at home depot, lowes or most plumbing supply stores.

Now, with our materials in hand, we’re ready for installation.

Begin by laying out sections underneath the pipes. Next, pick up the first piece of insulation and slowly peel back the adhesive at the end you’re going to apply first. Then, wrap the tube around the pipe and secure by pressing together material to create a seal.

Repeat the process, until all pipes are covered.

If you plan on traveling for an extended period of time this winter, we highly recommend talking with a plumber about ways to protect your home before you head out.

Just remember, a little time preparing now, can save a lot of headaches later. Stay tuned for more winter house safety tips coming soon!

How to Winterize Your Garden Hose Spigot

How to Winterize Your Garden Hose Spigot

How to Winterize Your Garden Hose Spigot

As winter approaches, homeowners need to make sure they’re prepared for the drop in temperature. That’s why in today’s video, we’re sharing a simple winterizing tip you can use to keep your home safe, dry, and warm as temperatures drop.

Today we’re talking about the importance of disconnecting your outdoor garden hoses and winterizing the spigots before things start to freeze. Leaving a hose connected can trap water inside the spigot, which could cause pipes to freeze and rupture. Making for a very cold, wet, and expensive cleanup.

Here’s a closer look at the proper way to winterize an outdoor spigot.

  • Disconnect Hoseremove the hose from the spigot by using a wrench or giggling the hose back and forth to break the seal.

  • Inspect Spigotmake sure the spigot doesn’t have any leaks or cracks. If leaks or cracks are found, you’re going to want to replace the spigot so it doesn’t cause damage later.

  • Drain Spigotremove all the water from the water supply line and secure the water source for winter. This means securing the interior hose shutoff valve and then removing any remaining water still left inside the spigot.

  • Install Spigot Coverinstall an outdoor spigot cover to add an extra layer of protection from the elements during winter.

If you have more than one garden hose connection, repeat the same process for the other spigots.

And that’s it. Taking a couple of minutes now to do it right will save you a lot of money and headaches later.

Do you have any helpful winterizing tips that you’d like to share? Please share in the comments below.